Protein and carbs after exercise boosts muscle growth

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A new study has added to the growing body of evidence showing that protein and carbohydrate after exercise is a potent and highly effective way to stimulate new muscle growth.

Test subjects took part in 60 minutes of exercise. Immediately afterwards, they were given a drink containing just carbohydrates, or a blend of 10 grams of protein, 8 grams of carbohydrate, and 3 grams of fat.

When subjects were given only carbohydrate, results showed a LOSS of muscle protein. In contrast, the supplement containing protein AND carbohydrate increased the speed at which new muscle protein was created by 600%!

In short, a blend of protein and carbohydrate (e.g. Progain) taken immediately after exercise is one of the most effective ways to build new muscle.

Reference:
Levenhagen DK, Carr C, Carlson MG, Maron DJ, Borel MJ, Flakoll PJ.(2002). Postexercise protein intake enhances whole-body and leg protein accretion in humans. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 34,828-37.




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